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Get Ready for the Ellensburg Rodeo and a County Fair!
I visited Ellensburg, Washington yesterday. While touring their historic downtown and shopping at their lovely farmers market, I noticed signs advertising the upcoming Ellensburg Rodeo. Admittedly, I have never been to this rodeo but it is a huge deal and has some historical significance in our state because it first took place in 1920s.
Ellensburg is rich with western history and this dry sunny city sits about halfway between Seattle and Spokane, just on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. Held from August 31 to September 3, the Ellensburg Rodeo will feature today’s best riders, ropers, and wrestlers competing in what many enthusiasts consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation. Fueled by volunteers, the rodeo highlights everyone from local ranch hands and professionals to clowns and cooks.
The Kittitas County Fair will also take place on that weekend. Touted as a “good old fashioned county fair,” the event was started in 1885 and celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage. For more information on visiting Ellensburg, click here.
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